I have a transmission question regarding my 1923 T.
The car starts nicely and seems to idle fairly smooth. I have the rear wheels jacked up and, with the brake lever vertical, they turn as long as the engine runs. Depressing the brake pedal stops the wheels without stalling, but the engine slows. Depressing the low-speed pedal to "neutral" makes the engine run better with the brake pedal depressed. The bottom line is I can't stop the wheels from turning in neutral, either with the brake lever or the left pedal. Could this be poor adjustment, or is it some problem with the transmission/clutch?
Band could be to tight also check clutch shift adjust linkage and the cam bolt on the E brake
A stock Model T doesn't have as free a neutral as other cars. Some minor turning with the rear wheels jacked up is OK, but it shouldn't drag the engine down when you apply the brakes. If it's better using the low pedal to set neutral versus the hand lever, it sounds like your lever cam bolt needs to be adjusted further out. The best thing to do is follow the procedure below all the way through, that way everything will be optimized.
The neutral in a Model T is not as free as it is with a single disk clutch as in a Model A or later car with stick shift. The multiple disks in the Model T will drag a bit. However the car should not creep forward when parked on a level surface in neutral. It might creep slightly when cold, but when warmed up it should not creep.
Your description would indicate that the bolt on the clutch lever at the side of the transmission shown in the above picture would need to be tightened slightly against the cam. The bolt should hold the lever in the same position that it is in when you push the low pedal into the neutral position.
When everything is properly adjusted, with the engine turned off, you should be able to push the car in neutral without turning the engine and the engine should idle without moving the car.
Since there is a slight drag on the clutch disks you might find that the wheels will spin when jacked up in neutral and that the engine will idle a bit faster with the wheel jacked up. That is normal.
But you should also be able to idle the engine with the wheels on the ground without creep.
The above reasons are why some people jack up the rear wheel when they crank start the car, because the crank spins more easily with the wheel jacked up and it will start easier especially in cold weather.
Discussed early December:
How far back should the Clutch Push Ring move back when in neutral?
Enough so that you can wiggle the pressure fingers forward and backward. Follow the instructions that Norman posted and you should be good to go.
It's PA so i would guess it's cold?? Leave your lever forward and let the car sit overnight.When after sitting all night do not use the starter,pull the lever all the way back,chock the wheeles and use the crank!Stiff?? What do you use for oil? Bud.